Sunday, September 20, 2009

Live: Discovery completes Texas two-step

Blogger update, 4:35 a.m.: Discovery and its carrier jet plan to take off for Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana around 5:10 p.m. for the third and last leg of the ferry flight today. The shuttle will stay there overnight before planning to complete the trip home to Kennedy Space Center on Monday.

Space shuttle Discovery has completed half of its ferry flight home to Kennedy Space Center, making a second refueling stop in Texas around 3:20 p.m.

Piggybacked on a modified 747 jumbo jry called the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, Discovery touched down at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth about an hour after departing Amarillo.

Ferry flight managers will convene soon to get an updated weather forecast and decide if it's safe to push on for one more stop today, to Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, La.

The shuttle took off at sunrise today from Edwards Air Force Base in California to start a 2,500-mile journey back to Florida.

So far, Discovery has traveled 1,200 to 1,300 miles.

NASA plans to finish the trip to Florida on Monday.

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